More than a flirtation…

…better than a superstition, almost a religion, the lily of the valley is celebrated on the first of May.

–  Colette, Flowers and Fruit, United States: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc., 1986, edited by Robert Phelps

H.L.Mermod, a clever Swiss publisher, approached Colette in 1947 with the following proposition – “Once or twice a week,”…”I’ll send you some flowers.  When one of the bouquets inspires you, you’ll sketch its portrait, and after a year or so, we’ll make a little book.”  The result was Pour un Herbier, Mermod, 1948, portions of which are included in Flowers and Fruit.

Nice gig, don’t cha think?!?  Happy May Day…give flowers.



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